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Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Earnest docu paints inspiring picture of feminist pioneer.

Movie NR 2014 86 minutes
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Given that this intriguing documentary was made by Ferraro's daughter, it's not much of a surprise that it paints Ferraro in only the most glowing terms. We hear about her years as a loving stay-at-home mother, her go-getter school years, and her successes in the DA office, and then, at the documentary's climax, we get a good look at the sharpness and charisma that made the Ferraro/Mondale ticket a potent threat to Ronald Reagan's (ultimately successful) bid for reelection in 1984.

It's a burnished, golden picture to be sure. But, especially for younger people who may never have heard of Ferraro (since she retired from politics more than 15 years ago), it's also an interesting tour through the rise and fall of the woman many hoped would become the first woman president, years and years before Hillary came on the scene. For budding feminists or young people who question why only dudes have held down the Oval Office so far, Paving the Way is an essential portrait.

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